So, this week I did what it says in the title – I tried something new. I have never been part of a general creative writing group. I enjoy writing for children and when, in the course of my MA, I had that work critiqued by writers of stories for grown-ups, I was uncomfortable. I felt they didn’t have a grasp of the differences required in writing for a younger audience. However, there is a long-established writing group that meets at my local library, so I thought I would pay their next meeting a visit. I’m so glad I did.
They are a small group with a fluid membership – at this meeting there were four established members, two visitors from another library who were thinking about setting up a similar group in their area, and a group leader. The regular members and group leader all shared their writing on ‘The Secret of Happiness’. Who would have thought such a simple idea would produce such a diverse group of work – or that one piece would bring me to the edge of tears?
The rest of the session was spent writing and sharing short pieces from prompts provided by the group leader. I have added my efforts (unedited) to my ‘Writing’ pages. I was surprised to find I didn’t head to my default children’s writing, but ended up with something for an older audience – and I enjoyed it.
The theme for next month is ‘The Sound of Silence’. I’m having to work hard to steer myself away from Simon & Garfunkel, but who knows where the prompt will take me. I look forward to sharing whatever comes out of my pen with the rest of the group in February.